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Potter Opens Kiln!

This weekend I opened my latest glaze kiln – and may I say: “Wow!!” These are all pots that will be in the Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Show and Exhibition this weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney BC. I am very excited at how the glazes have turned out since… Read More


New pots from February 5 firing…

    I fired the big kiln Sunday February 5th. The firing went well, and the kiln was finished late Sunday night. The anticipation builds after the firing is over. Did the glazes melt the way I hoped? Did the new experiment work? Everything seemed to go smoothly, although you never know until the kiln… Read More


Writers write…Potters pot…

Years ago I studied short story writing at UVIC with Bill Valgardson. At the beginning of each weekly class, he greeted us with these words: “Writers write. That’s what we do.” He looked around the table at each one of us. Then he asked the question: “Who was a writer this week?” Inevitably there was a pause, as… Read More


Size isn’t everything, but…

Some days are just made for going big. I stepped into my studio this afternoon with every intention of making some bowls and platters for Side Street Studio. But when I sat down at the wheel, I knew the bowls and platters would have to wait. It felt like a day for big round stretched… Read More


#54…#53…and #47

Here is Stretched Vase #54, raw and unglazed as mentioned in my last post, 100 Stretched Vases…and beyond. I’ve also included a raw and unglazed #53… And #47, glazed in the Ash and Obsidian glazes with copper carbonate dusting, from my December glaze firing.  


Talent is luck…Art is practise…

In the early 80’s I was studying with master potter Wayne Ngan. A wily little elf of a man, he would sit at his wheel, center a big lump of clay, and in minutes have a beautiful vase sitting there fresh and glistening. I swear I could almost see it breathing. He loved to throw out… Read More


What happened in Vegas…didn’t stay in Vegas

You might be wondering about the title. This is not about a vaguely remembered party that included Mike Tyson and his tiger and a lot of other stuff. It’s not about how some cunning con man stripped me of my fortunes. It’s not (unfortunately) about winning thousands of dollars at the roulette table. It’s about love and marriage and… Read More


A bowl full of Bailey…

Two things about this photo: 1) Bailey is our big orange cat who loves sitting in big pottery bowls. 2) This is a big pottery bowl made by Hornby Island potter Heinz Laffin. We got Bailey from the SPCA when he was very small. He started growing as soon as he came home and made friends… Read More